Superb fourth quarter clutch performances by quarterbacks create lasting memories fans invariably catalogue to tell future generations. Blake Sims has developed a knack for executing with all the College Football Playoff marbles on the table. This generation of Alabama (9-1, 6-1, #5) faithful has plenty from the 2014 season filed away thus far due to the dramatic theatrics of the fifth-year signal caller from Gainesville, GA. Last week he left Death Valley in Baton Rouge with a 20-13 overtime victory after engineering the tying and winning drives. Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, he continued the magic.
Mississippi State (9-1, 5-1, #1) had crawled back from a 19-3 halftime deficit to within six points as the Tide took possession at the 24-yard line with 14:16 remaining in the 4th quarter. Sims was an instrumental figure in converting on three third downs. He scrambled around before finding T.J. Yeldon for eight yards and a first down at the Alabama 48. Next time the fastest quarterback in the Saban era rushed up the middle for 10 yards to the MSU 40. After two incomplete passes, Sims sprinted to the right sideline for 11-yards to the 29. Those were three third-down conversions for the ages. Yeldon rushed four straight times, the final seven-yards for the touchdown increasing the BAMA lead to 25-13.
Sims finished the game 19 of 31 for 211 yards and one touchdown pass. He added 18 yards rushing on four attempts. After 10 games, he has thrown for 2,454 yards completing 170 of 276 passes for 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He has rushed 55 times for 280 yards and five touchdowns.
Listen and watch Blake Sims discuss the drive Nick Saban described as one of the greatest in Alabama football history. He also stated an opinion about the Tide’s ranking in the country.